• Simon Zryd

This Is Great Information - Now What?


Today we are going to look at one of the biggest traps that many of us small business owners fall into – the tendency to accept information we hear or read to be true without proper examination.


Areas in which this especially applies in are:

  • Goal Setting

  • Time Management

  • Marketing Strategies

  • Personal Development

  • Lifestyle changes

It happens all the time: we read a book, a blog, listen to an audio book and we hear great information that strikes a chord inside. Immediately we think that what we have just read is THE solution to our current problem.

The next thing we know is we find ourselves implementing this new information and even start talking to other people about it. How many times have you heard someone “preaching” something that you know they have not mastered themselves? Their sharing may come from a place of true inspiration and sincerity, but ultimately it’s just information regurgitated.

My Personal Experience

I have personally caught myself doing it – reading a great article, loving the information in it, logically understanding it and then including the ideas in either a concept for a workshop or presentation. It took me some time to realize that the information was not really self-realized yet. And if you have ever given a presentation or done a workshop you know that you can only speak from direct experience and realization. Everything else is not and does not come across authentic.

There Is No Quick Solution

So what do we do when we come across information that we think is very helpful for us in our current circumstance? First, let’s talk about what we should not do: Implement what you have learned right away. The problem with this kind of approach is that the moment you hear something else that sounds logical you start adopting yet another plan of action.

Over the course of a few months all that you will have is a compilation of different “things that you have tried and didn’t work.” If you have done this yourself, my question to you would be what are you basing the decision to implement changes on? Often times the answer is because it “sounded very good and I didn’t know what else to do.” Unfortunately this is not the way to run a business, or life for that matter.

In a fast paced world we are too often tempted by the quick solution that magically makes our problems disappear. Ultimately we are saying, “I don’t have time (fill in the blank) to come up with the solution myself so please tell me what to do.”

By behaving like this we are not only gambling with our business, but also miss a great opportunity for true personal development.

Opportunity For Personal Growth

So now let’s talk about what we should do when we hear great information: Ask more questions! Examine what you have heard and see how it specifically applies to your situation.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Five Great Questions That You Can Ask Are:

  • What is the problem I am currently trying to solve? (Be specific)

  • How can the information I have just heard/read help me with my current situation?

  • Will implementing this new information address the cause or simply the symptoms?

  • How can what I have just heard/read turn into a false belief that will actually keep me from succeeding with the task at hand?

  • If I were to implement this new information what other areas of my business/life would be impacted?

In a world of information overload it’s important that we use our intelligence to discern the information we are absorbing. Only if we take the time to examine and evaluate the implications of our actions can we powerfully move forward and stay on course.

The ability to properly examine the information that is in front of us rather than jumping to a conclusion will prove invaluable in so many other circumstances. It's something that has to be practiced and the opportunities to practice are endless. Just take a pen and paper and write down all the different decisions that you need to make in the upcoming week...

A Good Next Step After Reading This Post Would Be To Contemplate:

  • What is the problem I am currently trying to solve? (Be specific)

  • How can the information I have just heard/read help me with my current situation?

  • Will implementing this new information address the cause or simply the symptoms?

  • How can what I have just heard/read turn into a false belief that will actually keep me from succeeding with the task at hand?

  • If I were to implement this new information what other areas of my business/life would be impacted?

To your Success!

Simon Zryd, Productivity Coach

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